Perseids, again

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Author: John Fowler
After last year's failure to shoot the Perseids, I have been planning to try again. I got the truck loaded up and checked cloud cover forecasts for the Southwest, and it looked like I might have to go as far as western AZ or UT to get 90% assurance of clear skies. In the end I decided not to go; instead, I drove the truck out to the Ojito Wilderness, about 40 minutes from home, and spent the night there. Not having much of an awesome background, I opted to shoot just the sky. The forecast was for clouds with a chance of rain,but it had been clear all day, so I was hopeful. Alas, it was not to be. Around midnight the clouds moved in. I shot all night anyway, doing a timelapse sequence. Here is just a frame from that, albeit the best one. You can see lights of Los Alamos and Santa Fe. Albuquerque, which is off to the right, also provided illumination for the clouds. Too much light pollution for optimal results. So I shot two frames/minute for eight hours, from about 10 pm to 6 am. I'll put up the video soon. At least it's an improvement over last year, when I got nada shooting off my back porch.

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